We are happy to announce the most recent publication of Rukayyah Reichling, one of our Early Stage Researchers based in Amsterdam: "A view on a forbidden city: The first documentary about the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca." In her article, Rukayyah tells us the remarkable story of George Krugers (1890-1964), the first cameraman to produce a full-fledged documentary about the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Supported by colonial institutions as well as his personal network, Krugers a
Condensing a whole doctoral research project into THREE minutes – is that even possible? Yes, it is! Rukayyah Reichling, our Early Stage Researcher from the University of Amsterdam, dared to face that challenge and was very successful! Her pitch was selected among the top 3 of the Faculty of Humanities. Here is her 3 min pitch: Congratulations Rukayyah! #MIDA #DigitalAge #3MTthesis #outreach #UniversityofAmsterdam #UvA #film #photography #colonialperiod #hajj #Mecca #pilgrima
In the next seminar organized by the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History, our ESR Rukayyah Reichling will present us with her ongoing research about Mecca. Drawing on visual material from the late Dutch colonial period, she will in her paper uncover the colonial gaze that was directed towards the most holy city of Islam. When?
18 March 2021 3.30-5 p.m. Where? On ZOOM All are welcome to attend! More information and registration here. #Mecca #hajj #UrbanHistory #HistoricalPhotog
2020 has been extraordinary in many ways – also for Muslim pilgrims as this year’s hajj was cancelled for most of them. Epidemic outbreaks are, of course, nothing new in history. How then did hajj organizers deal with these risks in the past? Our MIDA researcher Rukayyah Reichling had a closer look at the first documentary about the pilgrimage to Mecca. Based on this valuable film material from the 1920s, Rukayyah sheds light on the health measurements undertaken by the colon